Basin of San Marco, 1897. Thomas Moran (American, 1837-1926). Watercolor over graphite; sheet: 30.3 x 48.1 cm (11 15/16 x 18 15/16 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Bequest of Mrs. Henry A. Everett for the Dorothy Burnham Everett Memorial Collection 1938.107
Moran's watercolor of Venice captures both the splendor of the city and the pathos of its fading glory. His interest in the subject was no doubt influenced by John Ruskin's famous book The Stones of Venice (1851–53), as well as by the paintings and watercolors of the British artist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), whom Ruskin greatly admired.